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Mary Emmerling's Beach Cottages: At Home by the Sea Hardcover – April 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; First Edition edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307338223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307338228
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MARY EMMERLING is the bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is the creative director of Country Home magazine, hosted HGTV’s Country at Home show, and worked as the decorating editor for House Beautiful and Mademoiselle.


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If you love cottages and interior decoration, you should enjoy this book.
L. M. Keefer
I honestly don't know what happened here but this book is not at all what I expected, wanted or even like.
T. Christian
I found the book to be full of wonderful pictures and very evocative of a wonderful stay by the seashore.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By pitaprice on May 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been waiting for this book as I am one of Mary's devoted fans. After reading the reviews from other customers, I was feeling let down before I even saw the book. I have to say that I was happily surprised and thought it was BETTER than her previous books. I love the size of the book - it has a cozy feeling - and the photographs are perfect. I, for one, enjoy seeing pictures of people's swimming pools (even if they are part of a beach house). I loved her choice of homes and don't really care if some are redundant (Rachel Ashwell) because a lot of these designers/homeowners move all the time and there is always something fresh to see. Count me in as a continuing huge fan of her taste and joie de vivre. So many books today (in the dying era of coffee-table tomes) are sterile and boring. You can tell she cares about her subjects - both the homes and the people who inhabit them. Go Mary!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Noticat on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
as the previous reviews. I found the book to be full of wonderful pictures and very evocative of a wonderful stay by the seashore. The houses were not the usual beach cliches.... they were very elegant and had a lot of personality and individuality. I would recommend. A concise, nice little volume.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina M. Messenger on August 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I live approximately 60 miles from the Oregon Coast and nearly 900 miles from Malibu and Santa Monica, California...three of my favorite places in the world! I simply can't enough of "beach" and coastal themes in my decor, my attire, my art, my music and my life...

So what's a self-described "beach girl" like me to do when she's stuck inland and can't go to the beach whenever she wants? She decorates her home in that style, that's what!

Well, today I went in search of books with ideas on how to decorate with my favorite style of design, and saw quite a few available. Yes, I saw the really nifty set of books by Rachel Ashwell on the "Shabby Chic" design style and even that lovely book by actress/artist Jane Seymour called "Making Yourself At Home" but the one that really captured my eye this time around? The one I took home? Mary Emmerling's Beach Cottages: At Home By The Sea.

I really enjoyed the pictures of the various beach cottages in her book. There are some AWESOME, unique and very colorful pictures of home exteriors and interiors from various beach communities all over the USA. You can enjoy the view of the sea from Nantucket, MA to Miami, FL to Galveston, TX and of course, good ole Southern California! There's also some great pics of the "Shabby Chic" queen Rachel Ashwell's home in it.

Now I must admit I was a bit miffed that Ms. Emmerling had overlooked the Pacific Northwest to feature in her book. There are some spectacular and beautiful beach homes on the Oregon and Washington Coast (including the San Juan Islands) that would've fit in very well in this book. However, when I saw that she listed some cool Northwest shops, then I decided all was forgiven lol. Maybe she can remember us in the PNW for her next edition?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mary kay andrews on May 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a longtime fan of Mary Emmerling's work, and was thrilled to find BEACH COTTAGES. I've dog-eared favorite pages, and find myself returning to them over and over again for inspiration. I loved the diversity of design styles, and even when the homes shown are waaaay out of my own budget, I enjoyed seeing how the other half lives. This is a book for dreamers as well as doers.Of course, it doesn't hurt that she recommended one of my books, SAVANNAH BREEZE, in her list of great beach reads. I'll be buying more copies of BEACH COTTAGES for my beach dreamer buddies.
Mary Kay Andrews
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martha Gomez-Etchebarne on May 14, 2013
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I think the problem was that on Amazon's site it was not possible to look inside this book.
I think it is much better and I have been more satisfied with books I have purchased
which I could look through
I have bought other books by Mary Emmerling which were more in accordance with what I
was looking for... the houses photographed were not exactly beach cottages, they were
more sophisticated houses
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mary K. on October 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My personal opinion is that a beach house should be a respite, a getaway, a place of calm and serenity. For me, the homes in this book were way too fussy, cluttered, busy, and not that distinguishable from normal homes (not very cottage-like) that might be found in the suburbs or any other place. These homes were just packed with a lot of "stuff", and if you're like me, a beach cottage is where you go to get away from all the "stuff" so you can clear your head, relax and enjoy the beach outside. A beach cottage should be beautiful to one's senses, but NOT require so much dusting, or look overly "maintained", overly decorated, or everything needing to be "just so", but that's exactly how these homes appeared. I would not feel very relaxed in these homes, but rather uptight and worried I'd knock over something breakable, or spill a beverage on the fine fabrics, and be wondering what's the point of this?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sonyag on June 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a longtime Mary Emmerling fan I can hardly wait for each book to come out; as a beach fan I was not disappointed; a lovely book. I enjoyed seeing her old beach cottages and how they have evolved. I think she missed some great old cottages in my northwest florida area; especially at Grayton Beach; but otherwise this is a very nice book representative of her great taste. I'm looking forward to her work with House Beautiful.
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